Hiram, 50, passed away peacefully at his home in Lawrence, July 4, 2014 after a 5 year battle with ALS. Hiram was born July 31, 1963 in Lawrence and graduated from Lawrence High in 1981. He received an Associate of Arts degree in 1983 from Haskell Indian Nations University. Hiram was a proud member of the Northern Paiute Tribe of Nevada. Hiram married his junior high sweetheart, Missy, October 17, 1981. They spent almost 37 years together, and had 4 beautiful children.
Hiram was a successful business owner, and with Missy by his side, ran FormGraphics, Inc, a local printing company, for over 23 years.
He was an avid bicyclist, and was a member of several teams and clubs throughout his cycling career, including Sunflower/LBC, Free State Racing and Lawrence Mountain Bike Club. He competed in road race events as a Category 3 or Masters and as an Expert when competing in mountain bike, regularly winning or placing in regional races. He was a fixture at the weekly group rides, formidable at pushing the pace, yet one of the most likeable and helpful guys in the peloton. The loss of his huge presence in the tight knit bicycling community will be deeply felt by all.
Hiram was also a vintage auto enthusiast, developing his love of cars early in life while spending time with his father, Ira, at the Haskell Junior College auto shop, where Ira was an instructor.
Hiram leaves behind his wife of over 32 years, Missy, 4 children, Lauren Salvini, Brandon Salvini, Maggie Salvini and Emma Salvini, parents, Ira Salvini and Barbara Salvini, sister Tonia Salvini, all of Lawrence, brother Ira Salvini II (wife, Lynn) of Desoto, KS, and a half-sister Ann Lamy, Lakeland, FL. mother in law, Judith Crossfield, father in law, Art Sommer (wife Verma), brother in law, Kevin Sommer, sister in law, Laurie Sommer, all of Lawrence, and nieces, nephew and cousins.
Hiram’s best days were those spent with his kids, riding bikes, swimming, playing games, (where he usually cheated!) shopping, and just being an all-around amazing dad.
A celebration of Hiram’s life will be held Friday, July 18, 2014, at the Union Pacific Depot, 402 N 2nd St, Lawrence, from 6pm – 9pm.
Memorial donations may be made in Hiram’s name to The Keith Worthington Chapter of ALS, 6950 Squibb Road, Ste. 210, Mission, KS 66202.
“I give you this one thought to keep – I am with you still – I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow; I am the diamond glint on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain; I am the gentle autumn rain. When you awaken in the morning hush, I am the swift uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight. I am the soft stars that shine at night. Do not think of me as gone – I am with you still – in each new dawn.”
Messages & Condolences
My sincere condolences to Judy Crossfield’s family in the loss of their beloved father, husband and son- in-law Hiram. Although I did not know Hiram I as others who have lost family members have suffered similar bouts of grief and deep sadness. May our Lord bless and embrace him as he greets Hiram on the roadway to Heaven!
Such sad news. I used to work for Hiram when he was running FormGraphics and I was a freelance graphic designer. We got to know each other over the years, and I appreciated his sense of humor, deep sense of decency, and strong roots in the community. Since our daughters are the same age and knew each other, we sometimes talked about our child raising experiences. He was so proud of his kids and such a happy father and husband. What a huge loss. My heart goes out to his family.
My prayers are with all of you at this time of such a tragic loss.Hiram was a well liked person and never one to judge others. Though it’s been ages since last seeing him ,i will always remember him as the kind person he was.My condolences to all of the family. God Bless-R.I.P.
My deepest condolences to Hiram’s family. I had the good fortune to draft his wheel (and get dropped) consistently on group rides , and to get to know him through conversation and laughs. Hiram is the archetype of the poet’s “the good die young.”
He is now next to the lord watching over everyone♡
And waiting to be reunited with all of he family and love ones..
I am also a member of the 1981 LHS graduating class, my deepest sympathy to your family at this time of great sadness.
Greg and I were so sad to learn about Hiram’s passing. The family has grown so much and everyone out living their own lives that information doesn’t get passed as it once did. We cannot begin to comprehend your pain at losing your soul mate, father,son and friend but we do believe that heaven gained a remarkable soul! Our prayers are with you.
So sorry for the loss of a fine young man.Did business with him through his printing company and he was very proud of his business. Was very pleased to meet him. Sincerly, Carol Folks, Heartland Couriers
Missy and family, I’m so sorry for your loss.
Joe and I will alwways have great memories if Hiram He was encouraging and generous with his physical talents pulling riders like us back to the group. We learned a lot about cycling and bikes through enjoying time out on the roads snd trails with Hiram.. I admired his grace in dealing with prople and with his devistating disease. May you remember with joy all that Hiram added to our lives.
Sad to hear that Hiram has sprinted away from us. He was a great guy and an exceptional athlete. You couldn’t find a better example of good sportsmanship. I feel privileged to have had him as a teammate and friend. My thoughts are with his family.
I spent many hours on a bike with him. Every second a positive memory! My thoughts to the family and friends.
To Missy and all of Hiram’s family:
Hiram was a great man and an inspiration to all. He was a very dedicated family man and someone I have always had deep respect for. I know he will be missed. God Speed my friend.
My condolences to the family of Hiram. He was a great biker and I have remembrances of many good rides with him. He was powerful and quick on his Schwinn. Hiram was a great help with printing and t-shirt production for the Lawrence Bike Club’s Octoginta bike ride and other organized rides. I will miss him as a personal friend.
Hiram was an inspirational cyclist and an even better man. I was always proud to hold his wheel for a moment or two. Prayers to his family and friends.
So many evenings and weekends I’d be riding at Clinton trails and it seemed I’d always come across Hiram. As important as riding was, he always stopped to chat. Such a motivated and accomplished person. So kind… Never a bad thing to say about anyone. And always a helping hand. He and I were amongst the first to arrive at the scene when a tornado touched down in SW Lawrence neighborhood. I also remember how crushed I was when reading of his illness, having not lived in Lawrence for a few years. Hiram, you’ll will be missed, but will be remembered as an accomplished, funny, and incredibly genuine friend to so many. God speed Hiram. My best to his family and friends.
I am so very sorry. Hiram was a very good Man. My thoughts and prayers are with the Family
Its been a long time since I have seen Hiram. I was saddened when I heard about his illness. I sure he dealt with it in an optimistic way. He was that kind of guy. He will be missed by us all. I feel blessed to know such a great man. He touched a everyone he met. I pray for all of his friends an family.
I remember the exact spot when I first met Hiram on a bike ride. We immediately became friends and Hiram never treated me as anything less. I don’t remember a time that I ran into Hiram on the bike or out and about, that he wouldn’t ask how things were going. He was one person that I enjoyed riding with and just chatting about numerous things. It was a joy as he always seemed to smile in acknowledgement of that. I also remember the very last time I rode with Hiram and the day he was diagnosed with ALS. It saddened me deeply and I once told him I wish I could lend him my legs so he could just once again share the joy. Hiram will definitely be missed by all the lives he has touched and the people he shared the joys of life with. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family for their loss of such a wonderful person.
I went to school with Hiram and Missy.
Thoughts and prayers for the family.
Very sad news. Our thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of an exceptional person.
To the Salvini Family, please accept my deepest condolences, I pray that The Host of The Most High grant you all peace and comfort during and following this time of bereavement. Rest in Peace my Friend.
I also went to school with Hiram and Missy. R.I.P. my friend you will truely be missed.
I went to school with Hiram and Missy. He was a very sweet guy and kind to everyone. He was always willing to help anyone in need. My sympathy to his entire family.
Sending you all prayers. He was such a good man and will be missed.
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